Man rescued after kayak overturns in Derry, N.H. lake

DERRY, NH (WHDH) - A New Hampshire man was rescued Thursday morning after his kayak overturned, sending him and his dog into the cold water.

The 28-year-old victim said he was fishing on Beaver Lake when he learned back to reach for something.

“The way the wind was and the way my body went, we all just went over,” said the victim, who did not want to appear on camera. He said he held onto his dog, who was frantic and clawed at his face.

“The first give minutes, I figured I was trying to fix the situation, then after that, I was like, this is going downhill quick. And that’s when I started yelling for help,” said the victim.

A witness said he heard the victim yelling for help and he and several others ran over to help the man. One woman got on a jet ski and rescued the dog. Someone else called 911 and a fire lieutenant paddled out and rescued the man from his overturned kayak, where a witness said he was “hanging on for dear life.”

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. His dog was uninjured. He said he is grateful that the good Samaritans on shore were able to help him.

“It was very nice of people to help and I was lucky they were home,” said the victim.

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